GLSEN

The Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network strives to assure that each member of every school community is valued and respected regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression.

Just the Facts about Sexual Orientation and Youth

Just the Facts was developed by a group of national education, health, mental health and religious organizations that believe that all students should have an opportunity to learn and develop in a safe and supportive environment. Just the Facts provides information and resources for principals, educators, and school personnel who confront sensitive issues involving gay, lesbian, and bisexual students.

The Trevor Project

The Trevor Project is determined to end suicide among LGBTQ youth by providing life-saving and life-affirming resources including our nationwide, 24/7 crisis intervention lifeline, digital community and advocacy/educational programs that create a safe, supportive and positive environment for everyone.

 

HOW AND WHY TO USE LGBTQ+ INCLUSIVE LANGUAGE IN PSYCHOLOGY

About 10.1 million Americans, or 4.1% of the country’s population, identify as LGBTQ+, according to the Pew Research Center.Those numbers have been steadily rising. It’s unlikely that more people are being born LGBTQ+; instead, people are coming out in higher numbers as cultural attitudes shift. However, according to the American Psychiatric Association (APA), LGBTQ+ individuals are more likely to grapple with anxiety, depression, gender dysphoria, and other challenges listed in the APA’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V). Being LGBTQ+ does not mean one is mentally ill; the APA states that the LGBTQ+ community’s disproportionate levels of mental health issues can often be traced to issues with societal and self-acceptance—and if you look at the cultural climate that the community has long endured, it’s not hard to understand why........